New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers Prediction, 4/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+180) Rangers (-222)
Madison Square Garden is the site where Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (20-16-6) will play the New Jersey Devils (14-21-6) on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have the Devils coming in at +180 and the Rangers are at -222. The total is set at 6.5.
The Devils will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3-0 loss against the Rangers in their last game. The Devils didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. In the game, they weren't able to score on any of the 27 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. New Jersey amassed 14 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils came in at 49 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 44 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 52.7%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against finished at 36, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.7%. They had 16 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 14 opportunities to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were at 63.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 89.5 for this game.
The Devils have had 1,266 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .897. When playing at even strength, the Devils have allowed the opponent to score 98 goals while earning 87 themselves. New Jersey Devils opponents have totaled 114 power play tries (25th in hockey) and have tallied 33 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they sit with 34 points and their points percentage sits at .415. New Jersey has tried 1,222 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.4%. Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have earned 103 goals (27th in pro hockey) for the season and have surrendered 131. New Jersey has compiled 117 power play opportunities and they have tallied 16 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 13.68%.
The man in net for this game is Mackenzie Blackwood. For his professional hockey career, Blackwood has accounted for 49 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .551. His save percentage currently sits at .912 for his 5,434 minutes between the pipes. Blackwood has had 2,890 shots taken against him and has amassed 2,636 saves. Opponents have scored 254 goals against Blackwood in his career and his goals against average is 2.80. He has a record of 41-37-11 and he started in 89 games. Blackwood has taken the ice for 95 games over the course of his pro hockey career.
In their win over New Jersey, New York wound up with a 47.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and you might say they have had worse games. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 49.3% by notching a Fenwick of 36 and the Devils finishing with a 37 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 111 and they earned an oZS percentage of 36.8%. The Rangers netted 3 goals out of the 20 shots on goal they took. They had 1 attempt on the power play in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net.
The Rangers have tallied 107 goals at even strength and 28 goals (13th in the league) while having a power play advantage. New York has put up 1,226 shots (21st in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.01%, while allowing their opponents 1,223 shots. For the year, the New York Rangers have earned a total of 135 goals, 46 points, in addition to a points percentage of .548. They have earned 144 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 19.44%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 84.25% on their oppositions 127 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 91.0%. They have granted a total of 110 goals to be scored by way of 90 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you will find Igor Shesterkin protecting the net. He has gathered 1,035 saves out of 1,117 shots taken, giving him a percentage of .927. Shesterkin has amassed a career record of 21-11-3 and has participated in 36 contests. He got the starting nod in 34 contests and has racked up 2,043 minutes. Shesterkin's percentage of quality starts comes out to 70.6% and he has 24 quality starts in his career. Opponents are averaging 2.41 goals/game and he has surrendered 82 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (-222)
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